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  1. Exactly, 90% of Americans are unaware of what side of the war a statue is about. It is a guy on a horse, that is as far as people notice. Only those educated would object. Ten Oz and Waitforufo, thanks for the info about confederate and white supremacist installations in California! Very interesting list of confederate monuments.
  2. Interesting to note that about 1/3 of US voters support Trump and what he says, but 2/3 want to KEEP civil war monuments. This makes sense to me because I lived my entire life in Southern California and have never seen a single civil war monument. They are all located in other states, especially southern states that erected most of the statues in the early 1900s, to subjugate the Afro-American population. It was a tyranny of the majority white over the minority black. Most Americans don't see or think about the statues much, so they don't care if they get removed or not. So why not keep the nice statues of handsome men on horses? Everyone loves statues of horses, so there is some guy with a hat on the horse, big deal. So 2/3 of Americans would like to keep the statues.
  3. My assumption is that good parenting generally, with some exceptions, produces better citizens than bad parenting. How can you disagree with that assumption? The first problem is defining exactly what is "good" or "bad" parenting and that's not easy. Neglecting your child is probably bad more often than good.
  4. This is from the Nasa web site posted above: "If the density of the universe exactly equals the critical density, then the geometry of the universe is flat like a sheet of paper, and infinite in extent." Does everyone agree with this? That a "flat" universe must be infinite in size? Does "universe" mean our big bang only, or does it include other possible big bangs that are further away? Does anyone consider that our big bang MAY be finite in size and just one of many, maybe an infinite number of other big bangs in the infinite multiverse?
  5. Does anyone else agree that the current silence from Kim Jong means he may be taking an interest in the delightful chaos in the White House and wants to see if Trump will self-destruct? Then he can start over working on Pence.
  6. You mean that if the universe is infinite in size, then it popped out of a region of infinite size?
  7. If the actual universe is only a thousand times as big as the observable universe, then does that mean that such a big bang would have popped out of a region only a thousand times as large as a proton?
  8. "...Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress. We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake. It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now." Bad parenting is very common, but even good parenting is sometimes not enough, as an exception to the rule.
  9. The last I heard from Kim in the news was that he wanted to wait and see what Trump was doing. Maybe the crazy stuff going on in the White House is entertaining for Kim? Can you imagine his translators trying to explain to Kim what Trump is going off about? The race riot in VA must be very amusing to him. "Stupid those Americans don't get smart and hand over their freedom to a dictator."
  10. Regarding "Dark Flow": "A more recent statistical work done by Ryan Keisler[11] claims to rule out the possibility that the dark flow is a physical phenomenon because Kashlinsky et al. do not consider the primary anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to be as important as they are. NASA's Goddard Space Center considered that this could be the effect of a sibling universe or a region of space-time fundamentally different from the observable universe. Data on more than 1,000 galaxy clusters have been measured, including some as distant as 3 billion light-years. Alexander Kashlinsky claims these measurements show the universe's steady flow is clearly not a statistical fluke. Kashlinsky said: "At this point we don't have enough information to see what it is, or to constrain it. We can only say with certainty that somewhere very far away the world is very different than what we see locally. Whether it's 'another universe' or a different fabric of space-time we don't know."[12]Laura Mersini-Houghton and Rich Holman observe that some anisotropy is predicted both by theories involving interaction with another universe, or when the frame of reference of the CMB does not coincide with that of the universe's expansion.[13] In 2013, data from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite was claimed to show no statistically significant evidence of existence of dark flow.[5][14] However, another analysis by a member of the Planck collaboration, Fernando Atrio-Barandela, suggested the data were consistent with the earlier findings from WMAP.[15] Popular media continued to be interested in the idea, with Mersini-Houghton claiming the Planck results support existence of a multiverse.[16][17][18] Maybe there is a multiverse of an infinite number of universes stacked on each other like pancakes of infinite length and width, but finite height.
  11. The "Unite the Right" rally was a gathering of misfits from society. James Fields could not even handle the military. He threatened his Mom with a knife and she called 911 on him more than once. Maybe if they found a good, MEANINGFUL job they wouldn't be so hateful, blaming others for their own failing. "Jews will not replace us!"? They are worried that Jews are taking jobs from them? Does anyone understand that chant? "Blood and Soil refers to an ideology that focuses on ethnicity based on two factors, descent blood (of a folk) and territory. It celebrates the relationship of a people to the land they occupy and cultivate, and it places a high value on the virtues of rural living."
  12. Trump ran for president as a publicity stunt, never thinking he would be president, but enjoyed his bully pulpit blasting Obama and the Dems. But by fortuitous turn of events, or unfortunate for many, he was able to win the presidency, and now he doesn't know what to do. How long until he loses interest and resigns? The current level of criticism is nothing he, or anyone, ever experienced before. He lamented that he missed his old life and admitted he never knew being president would be harder than being a businessman running a private company, not accountable to anyone but himself. The sooner he gets impeached the better for everyone, including himself. May we allow for the possibility Trump could resign, out of simple disinterest, disgust, and righteous indignation, even without impeachment brought against him?
  13. Trump: "So, this week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop?" Yes Donald, if Robert E. Lee comes down, next week probably the Washington Monument will have to come down. Yeah, that's the ticket idiot! This is an example of Trump's personality disorder. The examples he gives don't make sense. He gets away with it time after time.
  14. Yes now I see what you mean, like a figure of speech. Ha, that is a good one! How else can you cut an infinite string into 3 equal pieces? Ok, I just thought of a way to stack an infinite number of universes, each of which is infinite in size. If they are flattened like a stack of pancakes or galaxies, each of which extends out to infinity on the x and y axes, but the z axis is a finite thickness.
  15. Thanks for the info. He was a fatherless child, self-radicalized by the internet, raised by his mother, Samantha Bloom, and she didn't know much about him either. Or did she? A teacher called him bright, but misguided. "Bloom said she knew her son was going to a rally, but that she tried to “stay out of his political views.” She said that she thought the rally “had something to do with Trump,” adding, “Trump’s not a supremacist.”